Making beer at home is one thing. Selling it is another.
The British government has told a Hampshire man he must now pay duty, keep better records and undergo a background check for a license to sell his beer.
The Metro reports it began when Robert Shields, who brews 100 pints (or 12.5 gallons) a month, decided to start charging friends just six months after he started brewing.
But before selling the home-made Moorlands and Runnymede bitters, he was told to convert his shed into a bonded warehouse and apply for two licences.
Her Majesty’s Revenue and Custom’s guidelines added that he must pay 20p duty a bottle, measure how much alcohol is in his beer and record how much malt he buys.
(He) also had to get a personal licence to sell alcohol and undergo a criminal records check by the police.
“It’s totally over the top for someone who just wants to sell beer to friends,” he said.
However a spokesman for the a Campaign for Real Ale, a consumer advocate group, said: “It’s right that if you are selling it to people then you have to make sure it is of a demonstrable quality.”